Tag: mystery

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

Chilean object: A U.F.O. does not mean it’s a ‘UFO’ (Update: Likely explanation obtained)

UPDATE (8-Jan-2016): The most likely explanation for this “UFO” is that it was a plane. This detailed analysis of focal length and speed of object concludes “medium-haul aircraft”. The heat signature and shape of the object does suggest conventional dual-engine aircraft. A post on Metabunk has additional details and visuals to show why this case is almost certainly…

Mother Nature Network twists the science to be scary

Here is another site you might wish to mark off your list of clicks: Mother Nature Network (MNN). This is a site that takes science stories and rewrites them, [possibly] getting them wrong in the process. Yesterday, they posted this story: Massive river of molten iron found flowing between Russia and Canada A river as…

I left my heart in Ohio…

What a bizarre story! A heart, suspected to be human, unexpectedly appeared in an Ohio field, next to a parking lot. A plastic bag, containing the organ, was discovered by paramedics who initially threw it away, but, soon after, retrieved it for testing. Here is a quote from the Norwalk Reflector: About Aug. 25, a…

Busted: “Samurai” ghost boots

Back in April 2015, we posted two photos going around in tabloid press of “ghosts”. Or apparent ghosts, I should say. Both could easily have had prosaic explanations. One of the photos was of a “mysterious” pair of boots behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach bluff in Japan. ‘Samurai Ghost’:…

Corfu’s mystery hippo-croco-dolphin is dubious (UPDATE)

See UPDATE below. We have the best match yet. Originally published October 28, 2015  The story goes (from the Daily Mail and the Mirror, both shameless promoters of mystery) that Harvey Robertson took pictures over the side of a tourist boat in a sea cave about 20 miles south of Albania on the west coast…

Mystery explosion injures woman on Rhode Island beach (UPDATE)

What happened? Sitting on the beach and suddenly an explosion?! A woman injured in an apparent explosion at a Rhode Island beach said the last thing she remembers is relaxing and reading a book. “We watched a gentlemen get ready to go scuba diving. Danise was at the Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett on…

Wedding pic and scenic snapshot “ghost” photobombs

Two photographs circulating in the media today are purported to show mysterious figures that were not seen when the photo was taken. One is a spooky face in a wedding portrait and another is a case of phantom boots behind a little girl. What do you think is going on here? Bride, groom and ghost?…

Pennsylvania mystery explosion on college campus

A unique case of a mysterious explosion where the rocks really flew. Was it a frost quake in Southcentral Pennsylvania? Or something else? Officials seek source of explosion near F&M; ‘frost quake’ proposed as a cause Investigators are still seeking the cause of a mysterious blast Thursday near Franklin & Marshall College. No one was…

Strange Pacific ocean glow surprises pilot and stirs curiosity

A Dutch pilot, JPC van Heijst, reports a strange observation in the Pacific Ocean en route from Hong Kong to Alaska. His story appears on conspiracy/mystery website Above Top Secret, sparking ALL KINDS of offbeat ideas of what it could be. So far, he can’t explain it. Unknown orange/red glow over Pacific Ocean – August…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

Can we put the Solway Spaceman mystery to rest?

USAnians may never have heard of this really neat story that has remained a mystery for decades. Has the origin of this mysterious picture finally been solved? There is now an explanation for why there appears to be an astronaut in the background of a picture of a little girl in the English countryside. Of…

Fish fall documented in Sri Lanka

A fish fall has reportedly occurred with a rain in Sri Lanka. The explanation is the same as always, one that leaves me a bit cold. BBC News – Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village. Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a…

Bigfoot got D.B. Cooper and went straight to video

I recall a while back the moment I heard that maybe the D.B. Cooper mystery could be solved with another mystery – Bigfoot. And, here it is. Exclusive DVDetails and art: Eric Roberts and Linnea Quigley in “BIGFOOT VS. D.B. COOPER” | FANGORIA®. For those readers too young to remember, D.B. Cooper was a hijacker…

Mystery plume caught on weather radar floated over Amarillo

It seems like all typical explanations have been excluded regarding a mystery cloud that originated in early evening of March 17 and floated over Amarillo, Texas. Mysterious plume still baffling people. A mysterious plume that showed up on National Weather Service radars is still puzzling people. The weather service offices in El Paso and Albuquerque…

Bioluminescent mystery animal filmed by eyewitnesses (UPDATE: Prank)

Yep, a prank for a TV show. Well done. But man, these are hard on me… See update below the story. The lesson here: Nothing should be taken as real. Strange glowing animal caught on camera in UK harbor. Video: Mystery ‘alien-like creature’ seen in Bristol harbour – Telegraph. Experts were baffled after video footage…

Smoke ring in Florida ends up being unmysterious

Not insect swarm, exhaust fumes from a UFO, electrical explosion or construction accident. Pinellas smoke ring mystery solved | wtsp.com. Some thought it was a UFO. Others thought something had blown up. “It was really black, like a perfect oval,” said Mike Quillen, who felt it before he saw it. When Quillen stepped outside, he…

Pets killed in West Virginia. Residents fear mountain lion.

Someone is hyping up a mountain lion rumor in West Virginia but there is no sign of one. Purported mountain lion sighting causes stir – journal-news.net | News, sports, jobs, community information for Martinsburg – The Journal. Fliers and a plywood sign warning of purported sightings of a mountain lion near the area where two…

Out of the forest, into the fire: Forest boy faced charges

Remember Ray the Forest Boy in Germany? It was a compelling story. Everyone covered it. An English-speaking teenager walked out of the forest near Berlin and told police he had been living in the woods for five years with his father, but had no idea who he was or where he came from. Hoax. And…

Foot found on San Fran beach

This is unfortunately not all that uncommon. SAN FRANCISCO: Human foot washes ashore at San Francisco beach | State News | FresnoBee.com. Authorities say a human foot in a running shoe has washed ashore on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach with no sign of the rest of the body. 12 feet were found in British Columbia…